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SVA Alumni Affairs offers a variety of educational programming, networking, and special events. 

American Truth | Alumni Exhibition | November 16 – December 14, 2019

Saturday, November 16 – Saturday, December 14, 2019
Reception: Thursday, November 21, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Panel Discussion: Wednesday, December 11, 6:30pm
SVA Chelsea Gallery
601 West 26th Street, 15th Floor

SVA's biennial alumni exhibition returns this fall. American Truth is a multi-centric survey of contemporary America through the lens-based work of a group of 20 artists. American Truth is curated by Jasmine Wahi, MFA Fine Arts faculty member at SVA and founder and co-director of Project for Empty Space, a nonprofit arts organization in Newark, New Jersey.

The exhibition’s participating artists include Jaime Permuth (MPS 2009 Digital Photography; MFA 1994 Photography and Related Media), who has spent years following blind NYC subway magician Olmedini El Mago; Lissa Rivera (MFA 2009 Photography, Video and Related Media), whose work examines the medium’s connection with identity; Kathy Shorr (BFA 1988 Photography), whose photo series “Shot” captures the scars of gun-violence victims posing for portraits at the location of their shooting; Thomas Holton (MFA 2005 Photography, Video and Related Media), who for many years documented the life of a Chinese-American family living in a small apartment in the Lower East Side; and Zackary Drucker (BFA 2005 Photography), who works to break down how we think about gender, sexuality and seeing. 

BFA Photography graduates Amy Elkins (2007), Star Montana (2013), Dana Davenport (2015), Brian Finke (1998), Lisa Elmaleh (2007), Hector René Membreno-Canales (2014) and Ilona Szwarc (2013) will also be showing work. Other artists in the show include Anna Beeke (MFA 2013 Photography, Video and Related Media), Renee Cox (MFA 1992 Photography and Related Media), Kathryn Mussallem (MPS 2015 Digital Photography), Anna Ogier-Bloomer (MPS 2017 Digital Photography), Rachel Papo (MFA 2005 Photography, Video and Related Media), Sarah Teller (BFA 2017 Photography and Video), Amy Stein (MFA 2006 Photography, Video and Related Media) and Melvin Harper (MFA 2017 Photography, Video and Related Media).

Alumni Model Drawing | Third Tuesdays Through December 17, 2019

This fall, Alumni Model Drawing sessions return on the third Tuesday of the month, starting September 17 and running through December 17.

Tuesday, September 17
Tuesday, October 15
Tuesday, November 19 
Tuesday, December 17
6:30 - 8:30pm
133 West 21st Street, Rm 601C

Hosted by SVA Alumni Affairs, these live model drawing sessions are free and open exclusively to SVA alumni. You must bring your own drawing materials. Alumni ID and photo ID required to attend.

Register here.

David Heredia | Thursday, January 30, 2020

Thursday, January 30, 6:30 – 8:30pm
SVA Theatre
333 W 23rd Street

David Heredia (BFA 2000 Animation), animator, educator and founder of Heroes of Color, an educational company that works to promote inclusiveness and empower people of color by providing cultural and professional development through the arts, gives a talk discussing his career path from SVA to the industry. He will also delve further into Heroes of Color, specifically how he inspires the next generation of artists, as well as his new book, The Freelance Hustle. The event will be immediately followed by a Q&A as well as book signing. More details coming soon!

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Korean Alumni Association

South Korea is home to one of the College's largest international alumni populations. Nearly 2,000 Korean students have graduated from SVA. In an effort to support this growing group of alumni, SVA recently opened an office in the Hyewa-dong neighborhood in Seoul, known for its university art centers, schools, theaters and museums. The office hosts monthly alumni exhibitions, is home to the Korean Alumni Association, and serves as a place where alumni can gather to catch up and pursue their career goals.

Learn more about the Korean Alumni Association in ENGLISH.

Learn more about the Korean Alumni Association in KOREAN.

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